Malaysia wins three titles at Malaysia Intl. Under-19 Champs

Nanjing Youth Olympics mixed doubles gold medalist Cheam June Wei (3rd from left) falters in the final

Kota Kinabalu: Under the new 11×5 scoring system, Malaysia’s youngsters managed to win girl’s singles , boy’s doubles and mixed doubles titles in the Maybank Malaysia International Youth Under-19 Badminton Championship on Sunday.Nanjing Youth Olympics mixed doubles gold medalist Cheam June Wei (3rd from left) falters in the final


Ho Yen Mei won the girls singles title dispatching Kim Ga-eun of South Korea 11-10, 11-7, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8 in 42 minutes and was excited about the new scoring system.

“I like the new scoring system, because it won’t drag on the game for too long,” said Yen Mei.

“This scoring system has no deuce, when the score was tied at 10-10 in the first set, I was able to stay calm and finish it with a win. Winning the first set was a confidence booster for me,” added Yen Mei.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has started the 11×5 scoring system in lower ranked tournaments since August; the BWF council will decide whether to replace the 21-point scoring system in November.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s boy’s doubles – Tan Jia Wei and Soh Wooi Yik survived a five-set thriller over Chinese Taipei’s Po Li Wei, Yang Ming Tse 11-8,9-1,9-11,11-9,11-10 to win the doubles crown.

Unfortunately, top seed Cheam June Wei failed to add more joy to the Malaysia squad on Sunday losing to South Korean Seo Seung Jae. The reigning Youth Olympic mixed doubles gold medalist failed to maintain his momentum after winning the first set. The Korean, however, fought back from one set down to beat the home favorite in four sets 5-11, 11-10, 11-6, 11-4 to take home the US$1,125 cash prize.

In the all Malaysian mixed doubles final, Tan Jinn Hwa-Eng Pui Yee lost in four sets 11-8, 4-11, 4-11, 8-11 to compatriots Chua Khek Wei and Peck Yen Wei.

Tan Jinn Hwa told reporter that strong drift in the stadium caused a lot of difficulties to him and his partner.

“We made a lot of unforced errors and gave away many easy points in second set when the wind was behind us. We failed to recover after that. Furthermore, my partner also suffered knee injury during the match,” said Tan Jin Hwa.

South Korea added one more gold when Kim Ga-eun returned with Kim Hyang-im to win the girls doubles title over compatriots Seong Ah-yeong and Seong Na-yeong 11-8, 11-8, 11-6.

The men and women singles champion each received US$1,125 and while the runner-up received US$570. Winner of men and women doubles each collected US$1,185 and each silver medalist received US$570.


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